Police officials in Australia are warning drivers not to rely on Apple’s maps app on the popular iPhones, after some motorists were directed into life-threatening situations.
iPhone users who rely on the iOS operating system when trying to reach a location, take the risk of ending up off the beaten track, according to the Australian police. The alert follows after drivers complained that the application lists the Mildura city in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, almost 44 miles away from its actual location.
Police officials have been called to help distressed drivers who have followed the Apple app directions and became stranded within the Murray-Sunset National Park, a place with no water supply, no phone coverage and where temperatures that can reach as high as 114 degrees Fahrenheit, putting lives at risk. Inspector Simon Clemence said that a motorist who got lost in the park following application’s directions made contact with the outside world after 24 hours.
“One guy got far enough in to lose phone coverage and he was stuck there and he got bogged and he had to walk out … it took him 24 hours to get to a point where he had phone coverage and then we came and rescued him,” he said. “This is a direct result of this map application.”